Keeping our homes tidy and clean isn’t only about neatness inside, but also ensuring that the exterior of our homes reflects the same dedication to cleanliness. The exterior of your home doesn’t just contribute to aesthetic appeal but also maintains the health and longevity of the structure. It may feel like a challenging task, but maintaining your home’s exterior is essential. This blog post will provide a comprehensive guide on exterior house cleaning.
Why is Exterior House Cleaning Important?
Before we delve into the methods and tips on exterior house cleaning, let’s first understand its importance. Exterior house cleaning is crucial because:
1. Curb Appeal: The exterior condition of a house determines the first impression people get. By maintaining a clean exterior, you not only increase the curb appeal but also potentially raise the value of your property.
2. Prevents Damage: Over time, harsh weather elements and pollutants can damage your home’s exterior. Regular cleaning prevents this build-up and eliminates the chance of long-term damage.
3. Promotes Health: An unclean exterior can lead to a build-up of mold and mildew, which can cause health hazards. Cleaning eliminates these risks.
Getting Started: Equipment and Preparations
Before you start cleaning, it’s essential to have the right equipment and materials, such as:
– Garden hose with adjustable nozzle (or a pressure washer for tougher jobs)
– Long-handled scrub brush
– Cleaning solution (choose an eco-friendly option, if possible)
– Safety gear (gloves, protective glasses, etc.)
Step-by-Step Guide to Exterior House Cleaning
1. Assess the Situation: Firstly, a thorough inspection is necessary to identify areas with the most grime, mildew, or damage.
2. Protect Your Greenery: Before starting, ensure the plants and flowers surrounding your house are protected from the cleaning solutions.
3. Start with the Roof: Using a ladder (if safe and feasible), start by clearing debris off the roof with a stiff brush. For moss or mold, consider using a roof-cleaning solution.
4. Windows and Doors: Apply your chosen cleaner (vinegar-water solution is a great non-toxic option) and scrub using a brush, then rinse with water. Dry the windows to prevent water spots.
5. Exterior Walls: Wet your walls with a garden hose, starting from the bottom up to prevent streaking. Then apply the cleaning solution with a scrub brush or sponge. Rinish from top to bottom, ensuring all the solution is cleaned off.
6. Driveways and Patios: Scrub the concrete areas with detergent and rinse off with a power washer or hose. Be careful to avoid directly spraying on the grass or plants.
7. Gutters: Clean out leaves and debris from gutters and wash the insides with a hose. You might consider a professional service if the gutters are particularly high or hard to reach.
8. Final Touches: Finish up by cleaning light fixtures, mailboxes, and other small exterior items.
Safety Tips and Considerations
While exterior cleaning is something most homeowners can do on their own, safety should be a top priority. Always use ladders safely, wear appropriate footwear, protect your eyes and skin from cleaning solutions, and never pressure wash while on a ladder. If a job seems too big, professional cleaning services are always available.
Exterior house cleaning might feel like a daunting task, but with the right planning, equipment, and safety measures, it can be achieved effortlessly. Not only will your house look great, but its structure will be well-preserved, increasing its longevity and value. So, grab your cleaning gear, put on some outdoor work clothes, and get to it – your house will thank you!
Brazilian mother of two and CEO of Sparkling Clean Pro & Green Living Supplies since 2005. Working as an ecological advocate within the cleaning industry & aiding immigrant families and women at risk.